Costa Rica renews its demand for arrest of Paul Watson

nterpol has issued a red notice to its member nations for Capt. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This action occurred after Costa Rica renewed its request in the form of revised paperwork to the International Police Agency seeking Watson’s detention or arrest with the intent of extradition to Costa Rica, Sea Shepherd said.

Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, May 13th on a 10-year-old warrant from Costa Rica while en route to Cannes, France.

He forfeited his bail and departed Germany
approximately July 22 after being held there under house arrest for 70 days, and is now in an unknown location. Watson was being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for a previously alleged violation of ship traffic, which reportedly
occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, “Sharkwater.”

According to Interpol, the revised charge is now “causing a danger of drowning or of an air disaster in connection with the use of a water cannon in the April 2002 incident.”

“Today’s elevation of the attack against our organization and our founder, Captain Watson, is not unexpected,” said Susan Hartland, administrative director of Sea Shepherd. “Costa Rica has been acting as a puppet for Japan throughout this case and we expect that to continue,” she said. “Japan is driving this effort in retaliation for our successful campaigns to stop them from whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We’ve cost them millions of dollars and exposed their shame to the world because of their refusal to stop the slaughter of whales in an established sanctuary under the lie and loophole of research.”

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